A Swindon woman is taking part in the 100 mile Prudential Ride London on 10 August that she effectively entered by accident.
Laura Chadwick, 28 from Rodbourne, is supporting Swindon Dressability, where her mum Pam helps altering clothes for disabled people.
In just 7 months, from being a novice cyclist, she is now riding 100 miles at a time, training while holding down a full-time job with the Ministry of Defence and completing a masters degree in information capability management.
Right, Laura training with members of Dame Cycling.
Laura explained how she came to be in a ride she never intended to enter.
“My brother is a much more experienced cyclist and he borrowed my identity to apply for a place in the London ride, hoping that if he didn’t get through as himself he could take my place. Of course he didn’t get a place but I did, and then we found out that the entry was non-transferable.
“I wasn’t really a cyclist, but I thought what an absolute privilege it would be to ride along the streets of London. It’s going to be a unique experience to sprint along The Mall at the end.”
Laura’s blog – laurakate8503.wordpress.com – documents the trials and tribulations of building up her endurance, and in particular what happened when she broke the 80 mile barrier.
Support her and donate to Dressability at: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/laurakate
Charity chairman’s London swansong
After 20 years as the man behind some of Swindon MS Therapy Centre’s biggest fundraising achievements, David Wray is going out in style by also competing in the Prudential Ride London.
The 100 mile cycling event provides the opportunity for amateurs and fundraisers to ride the same closed roads as professionals who will race once the charity riders have finished, and the action will be broadcast live on TV.
Right, David getting ready for the ride with the help of therapy centre members.
Over 21 years David has become a familiar sight collecting for the charity. For the last 11 years he has been chairman, overseeing the 2010 purchase of the charity’s own building in Westlea and coordinating the effort to meet the £160,00 annual running costs.
David will also be leaving Voluntary Action Swindon where he has been chief executive for the last five years. His wife Jackie, who has been the manager at the MS Therapy Centre for ten years, will be stepping down. A new life beckons for both in November.
Sponsor David at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidandJackieWray